J.D., 1981, University of Minnesota Law School
B.A., 1978, University of Minnesota
Awards & Honors
Selected by peers as one of
Chair, American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section, 2008-2009.
AV Rating through Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Repeatedly elected by her peers as a “Super Lawyer”
Recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA
Listed in both The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers 2010 and 2011 and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2011
Kathleen Martin is a founder and the managing partner of Malkerson Gunn Martin LLP and is the past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.
Ms. Martin practices in the commercial and investment real estate areas, with extensive experience in complex land assembly, construction, leasing, condemnation and real estate tax appeals. Ms. Martin also has a broad range of knowledge in various financing methods with special attention to securitized real estate finance. She has written and lectured on numerous topics in her field to both lay and attorney audiences.
Ms. Martin’s real estate experience spans more than twenty-five years of practice and is grounded in her representation of public entities in large land assemblages early in her career. Examples of her experience are condemnation of a three-block area to house the Metropolitan Transit Area’s headquarters and her former representation of the Minneapolis Community Development Agency in its acquisition and assemblage of land in the Minneapolis Technology Corridor, the property on which LaSalle Plaza was constructed (which incorporated the historic YMCA and State Theatre properties and involved an appeal to the United States Supreme Court), and the land on which the United States Federal Courthouse was constructed (which entailed a jury trial with a jury verdict in favor of her client).
She represents commercial clients in planning, acquiring, constructing, financing and disposition of multi-phased, mixed use projects, office buildings, hotels, large tracts of property for single and multi-family housing and retail establishments and all types of commercial properties.
In recent years, her practice has expanded to represent developers, lenders and special servicers in loan restructurings, receiverships, foreclosures, deed in lieu agreements and disposition and repositioning of foreclosed properties for resale. These properties have included hotels, office buildings, large residential and multi-use developments and office – warehouse complexes.
Some of the projects for which Ms. Martin has served as primary legal counsel include the financing, acquisition and development of a four-star hotel in Vail, Colorado, numerous retail properties located throughout the county and Puerto Rico, the bulk acqusition, lease back and financing of 46 retail drug stores, and the sale of a national chain of storage facilities. In connection with these projects, she has also counseled her clients in the restructuring of entity interests to facilitate bulk purchases and sales.
Past Chair, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, American Bar Association.
Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Member, Anglo-American Real Property Institute.
Member, Construction Forum and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Business Law Sections, American Bar Association.
Member, Real Property Sections, Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations.
Past Member, Medina City Planning Commission.
Member, Medina City Council.
Past Member, The Blake School Board of Trustees